Okay, let the craziness begin:-). The weather has turned and we’ve been having some very pleasant days. You know what that means? It’s time to get out and shooting some photos!
We’ve had lots of fun personal and business developments going down in the last few weeks that have slowed our socializing online but we’re back!! Here are a few sneak peeks and of course some full blogposts to come soon!!
We are so stinking excited to photograph Jon and Brie’s wedding. Here’s an image from their engagement session!
It was kind of a cold and blustery fall day but Brian and Kelly made the day an absolute blast! Keep an eye out for the blogpost that has all of their gallery information as well. We can’t wait to share.
This last weekend we were honored to head to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island to capture Sarah and Josh’s wedding. All week the forecast called for rain but in true Northwest style, the weatherman was wrong! It was an absolutely beautiful day! I was so excited that Josh and Sarah were able to have their ceremony outside!
Alright, keep your eyes out for their full blogposts and gallery links!
Several years ago, Clinton of Clinton James Photography and I (Aaron) went to Vegas for a huge (like 14,000 photographers gathered) wedding and portrait photographers gathering to learn and get inspired. It was a great trip, but it was travelling home that was the kicker. With some time to kill and considering the amazing talent and knowledge we have right here at home in the Pacific Northwest, we thought… What would it look like to utilize our amazing community here at home to inspire and grow together? And we took some notes, landed and went home to rest.
Fast forward a fews years to the 1st of January and Clint said to me “Aaron, I think this is the year!” And with little hesitation we connected and jumped in with both feet.
And PhotoLUSH was born!!
We had a big vision and little time! About 9 weeks actually, eeks! It was amazing to watch as the community caught on to the vision and jumped on board! We definitely volunteered some people that didn’t feel ready to put themselves out there as teachers, but everyone did absolutely amazing. It blew us away!! We chose a date, started to nail down venues (Meg and Lyle Jansma were key to that) and of course the next step was a promo video! So Brian from Willowcraft Media jumped right in to help out!! You should seriously watch this if you haven’t! P.S. the video is about “photography”, of course.
You’ll see plenty of shout outs along the way but the rest was weeks of hard work from so many people!! And an absolute blast!! Thank you to all who contributed to make this idea happen!
Setting up the Depot Market Square for Friday evenings sessions and of course the VIP Party!
We couldn’t believe the awesome response. We had nearly 80 photographers come together. How cool is that?
A part of Friday evenings festivities was a Photo Salon in which all the participants brought a print that represented them as photographers. It was pretty great to see the talent that was represented in the room!
Tiffany Burke was the emcee for the weekend! She also gave an opening keynote that was both hilarious and inspirational!
Brian Russell talked about ‘Planning for the Story’. Giving us fresh perspective from a cinematographer!
Rachel Vos talked about taking a year to focus on her craft and do just personal projects, she seriously got so many rave reviews!!
Next Josh Durias and Karlyn of Anda Photography presented about their experiences working with organizations in a way that inspired donors to help those in need around the world. Whether it’s money for clean water, food or schools – it really was inspiring to know that we can use our craft to better the world we share!
Clint (Clinton James Photography) was the ‘organizer galore’ – ‘the big kahuna’ – ‘the clipboard holder’ – ‘the time keeper’ – the man of many hats! Thanks Clinton!!
Before the lunch break, we wanted to get a group shot of all the participants… So of course Lyle Jansma hopped in a helicopter to get the shot from above. I’m assuming this is the correct caption for this photos:-)
“No, I’m serious… All of the photographers are just waiting for me. Just tell the tower we want to get the helicopter in the air really quick. I just want to take their photo. This shouldn’t be a problem, should it?”
Yep, taken from a helicopter! What an event. Thanks Lyle!
Nicole, Kaila, and Jeff each offered different lighting techniques at three different stations.
Oh Lyle, and we really wanted this shot in our portfolio:-).
One of these models is not like the others! (Hint – upper left – he’s wearing a blue sweater…ok – it’s me)
Instagram’ing, of course! Devon Michelle was our furthest traveller coming all the way from Tacoma! She was a huge help in set up and overall support of the event!
Lyle shared about light painting for our final class of PhotoLUSH.
We finished strong with LUSH’ies. These were award winners from the Friday evening Print Salon.
A light painted WWII warbird!
Wow, What an event!! In what is supposed to be a down economy with a “saturated and competitive” market. Our photography community does the outrageous and the awesome! We support, nurture and care for each other in a way that is going to raise the bar for not only us but the broader photography community!
Rolling credits: Thanks to the following companies for the great giveaways and support!
Late Summer in the Pacific Northwest. It doesn’t get any better than hanging out on the water over looking the islands! So good. Jody and Matt nailed it! It was a gorgeous day in Anacortes to watch Jody, Matt, family and friends not only love but to have an absolute blast! We loved being a part of it!
Okay, I’m going to be make these words short and sweet! Contagious smiles, beautiful ceremony, rockin’ party and of course a strong finish with the taco truck! So good. Thanks Stephanie and Andy for trusting us to capture your big day:-).
Their are many weddings that we shoot of people that are special to us. Heather and Frazier’s wedding is a little different. Heather is a good friend of Megs from college, they were our neighbors for about five years and Heather is one of Grant’s favorite people:-). It’s true, you may even see Grant throughout the blog (He’s so cute!!). Frazier and Heather had a pretty extraordinary day, it really was beautiful!!
Man, these kids are cute! Hey Logan, thanks for taking Grant under your wing for a day!
Heather and Frazier, you two are amazing!! Thanks for trusting me to capture your big day!!